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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

Wu du (original title)
A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheng Chiang ...
Chien Sun ...
Ma Chou / Kao Chin, Scorpion
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Ho Yuan-Hsin / Meng Tien-Hsia, Lizard (as Chui Kuo)
Meng Lo ...
Pai Wei ...
Feng Lu ...
Lung Wei Wang ...
Judge Wang
Feng Ku ...
Dick Wei ...
Master (as Lung Tu)
Shu Pei Sun ...
Constable Lin Kuang
Huang-Hsi Liu ...
Men Hua
Hui Huang Lin ...
Prison Gaoler
Ching Ho Wang ...
Constable
Lao Shen ...
Fruit vendor
Han Chen Wang ...
Prison Coroner
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A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad (hence the title). His final student, who knows a little of each style must team up with one of the other good students to destroy the evil ones if there are any. Greed and treachery ensue as the student discovers that some of the students are indeed evil. But which one can he trust enough to team up with? Written by Ken McCary <kmccary@amaroq.ces.ncsu.edu>

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Five Complete Strangers, The Perfect Inheirtence Treasure, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? See more »

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12 August 1978 (Hong Kong)  »

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Five Deadly Venoms  »

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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Near the end where Lizard, Scorpion and the last pupil confront Snake and Centipede at the Snake's home, Lizard addresses Centipede as, "Number 5." The Centipede was actually "Number 1," and was referred to as such throughout the rest of the movie. The Toad was "Number 5," and was referred to as such throughout the rest of the movie. This is undoubtedly an error in the English dubbing, not in the original Chinese dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Qi Dong, Snake: [looking intently at Ma Chow] I didn't expect Three.
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Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) See more »

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Whole lotta fun!
3 June 2004 | by (Beantown) – See all my reviews

Well, I must say that this was one hell of a fun movie. Despite the fact that the dubbing was pretty cheesy, and there were some odd moments where the film seemed to turn dark blue for no apparent reason, I was not disappointed. The story was actually pretty interesting: the last member of the Poison Clan must track down the other five members and discover who among them is using their skills for evil, and who is using them for good. The catch being that during training, all of the clan were masked, and all have since returned to society in disguise and changed their names.

The fights are a joy to watch, as each member of the Poison Clan has a different fighting style: toad (my favorite), snake, scorpion, lizard, and centipede. The fight scenes have the actors jumping all over the place, and thankfully the camera stays planted and uses a wide enough shot so you can clearly see all of the action.

The one drawback to the movie is that the story tends to drag a bit in the first half up until the first fight sequence. But stick with it, and you won't be disappointed!


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